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January/February 2010
Table of Contents

 

Summary

In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders

 

C L I P S   A N D   P O I N T E R S

January/February 2010

 

In Print

  • Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age, Committee on Ensuring the Utility and Integrity of Research Data in a Digital Age; National Academy of Sciences, ISBN-10: 0-309-13684-9, National Academies Press, 2009.

    "[This report] examines the consequences of the changes affecting research data with respect to three issues – integrity, accessibility, and stewardship – and finds a need for a new approach to the design and the management of research projects."

    For more information, please see the National Academies Press web site.

  • Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today: Ithaka Case Studies in Sustainability (Funders preface), Nancy L. Maron, K. Kirby Smith and Matthew Loy. Ithaka S+R. Produced and funded by JISC, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, November 2009.

    "In July 2009, 'Sustaining Digital Resources' (Ithaka S+R and the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance) was launched. The initial report investigated how, as institutional budgets tighten, will digital resources be able to continue to survive and thrive....However, this issue has many stakeholders, from the scholars and other content experts who devote time and energy to creating digital materials, to the host institutions, to the funding bodies themselves who finance the start-up phase. For the government agencies and private foundations that devote millions to the creation of new resources, the question is especially acute: funders want their investments to lead to long-term positive impacts, and digital resources require a level of ongoing care, development and enhancement that few funders can or want to support indefinitely. Therefore, Ithaka S+R and the Strategic Content Alliance, have re-written the original Executive Summary to give a more nuanced interpretation, as well as a succinct listing of 'key findings' and 'factors influencing sustainability', which are particularly pertinent to those working in funding bodies"

    For more information, please see the Funders' Preface.

  • Technology Watch Report: File formats for preservation, by Malcolm Todd, The National Archives, DPC Technology Watch Series Report 09-02, October 2009.

    From the Executive Summary: "File formats are the principal means of encoding information content in any computing environment. Preserving intellectual content requires a firm grasp of the file formats used to create, store and disseminate it, and ensuring that they remain fit for purpose. There are several significant pronouncements on preservation file formats in the literature. These have generally emanated from either preservation institutions or research projects and usually take one of three approaches:

    • recommendations for submitting material to digital repositories
    • recommendations or policies for long term preservation or
    • proposals, plans for and technical documentation of existing registries to store attributes of formats.

    "More recently, attention has broadened to pay specific attention to the significant properties of the intellectual objects that are the subject of preservation. This Technology Watch Report has been written to provide an overview of these developments in context by comparative review and analysis to assist repository managers and the preservation community more widely. It aims to provide a guide and critique to the current literature, and place it in the context of a wider professional knowledge and research base."

    For more information, please see the report.

  • Internet, broadband, and cell phone statistics, Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 2010.

    Overview: "In a national survey between November 30 and December 27, 2009, we find:

    • 74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the internet – a slight drop from our survey in April 2009, which did not include Spanish interviews. At that time we found that 79% of English-speaking adults use the internet.
    • 60% of American adults use broadband connections at home – a drop that is within the margin of error from 63% in April 2009.
    • 55% of American adults connect to the internet wirelessly, either through a WiFi or WiMax connection via their laptops or through their handheld device like a smart phone. This figure did not change in a statistically significant way during 2009.

    "These data come from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The most recent survey was conducted from November 30 to December 27, 2009, using landline and cell phones and including interviews in Spanish. Some 2,258 adults were interviewed and the overall sample has a margin of error of 2 percentage points."

    For more information, please see the Pew Internet & American Life Project web site.

  • Open science at web-scale: Optimising participation and predictive potential, by Dr. Liz Lyon, UKOLN, November 10, 2009.

    From the Executive Summary: "The report is positioned as a consultative document, which it is hoped will stimulate and contribute to community discussion in the UK, but also fuel the open science debate on the global stage. Whilst many questions have been asked here, they will require fuller articulation and investigation in other fora."

    For more information, please see the JISC Publications web site.

  • Recommendations on RSS Feeds for Scholarly Publishers, Version 1.0, October 19, 2009.

    From the Introduction: "The JISC funded ticTOCs project has developed a service to enable users to discover, subscribe to, and re-use Table of Contents (TOC) RSS feeds for thousands of journals from a wide range of publishers."

    For more information, please see the full document.

  • A brief guide to determining what consent is necessary to reuse someone else's research data, produced for SURFdirect, SURF's digital rights Expertise Community for higher education, by the Centre for Intellectual Property Law (CIER), 2009.

    "This brief guide can help researchers quickly determine what consent they need in order to reuse someone else's research data. It includes references to the detailed explanations in 'The legal status of raw data: a guide for research practice', 2009."

    For more information, please see the guide.

  • The legal status of raw data: a guide for research practice, by Prof. Madeleine de Cock Buning, CIER (parts I, II and III); Allard Ringnalda, CIER (part I); and Tina van der Linden, CIER (parts II and III). Published by the SURFfoundation, July 2009.

    "This is the full guide to clarify the legal protection applying to research data, intended for researchers who need to know what they can do with other people's data."

    For more information, please see the guide.

  • How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers, by Roger E. Bohn and James E. Short, Global Information Industry Center, University of California, San Diego, December 9, 2009.

    From the Introduction: "The world is awash in information and data, the 'raw material' of information. The goal of the How Much Information? Project is to create a census of the world's data and information in 2008. How much did people consume, of what types, and where did it go? This first report conveys...findings about information at the U.S. consumer level. In other words, how much information was consumed by individuals in the United States in 2008?"

    For more information, please see the University of California, San Diego web site.

  • Insight into digital preservation of research output in Europe,by Tom Kuipers and Jeffrey van der Hoeven. PARSE.Insight project report, 9 December 2009.

    Abstract: "This report (deliverable 3.4 of PARSE.Insight) describes the results of the surveys conducted by PARSE.Insight to gain insight into research in Europe. Major surveys were held within three stakeholder domains: research, publishing and data management. In total, almost 2,000 people responded; they provided us with interesting insights in the current state of affairs in digital preservation of digital research data (including publications), the outlook of data preservation, data sharing, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in research and funding of research."

    For more information, please see the PARSE.Insight web site.

  • Ariadne, Issue 61, October 2009.

    "Ariadne is a Web magazine for information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors. Since its inception in January 1996 it has attempted to keep the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives as well as technological developments further afield. It concentrated originally on reporting in depth to the information community at large on progress and developments within the UK Electronic Libraries Programme"

    For more information about Issue 61, please see the Ariadne web site.

  • LIBRES, Volume 19, Issue 2, September 2009.

    "LIBRES is an international refereed electronic journal devoted to new research in Library and Information Science. LIBRES is distributed through a listserver, and an ftp site. "

    For more information, please see the journal web site.

  • Planetarium, Issue 8, December 2009.

    "Among other things, this issue features a spotlight on Preservation Planning; presents the emulation preservation strategy; and contains an article about how the Planets technology partners put Planets into practice."

    For more information, please see the newsletter.

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter for December 2009.

    "In this issue:

    • News of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program's Strategy Meeting for Preserving Geospatial Data
    • The American Society of Media Photographers launch of dpBestflow.org during FotoWeek DC
    • The 'Metadata for Digital Content' group addresses challenges to improve search of the Library's collections
    • An NDIIPP project wins Best in Show at ECDL 2009
    • Two NDIIPP States Initiative projects add new partners
    • NDIIPP director delivered the keynote address at the October Digital Preservation Management Workshop in Ann Arbor, Mich."

    For more information, please see the December newsletter.

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter for January 2010.

    "In this issue:

    • The Memento Project describes time travel for the Web
    • Read about Digital Preservation Pioneer Martin Halbert
    • The Library of Congress and the changing nature of digital technologies featured in a Voice of America video
    • The Director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program participated in recent events: The Stewardship of Digital Assets Workshop and the Digital Tools for Information and Democracy Conference
    • Announcements: Information on the activity and public comments of the "Public Access Policy Forum"; ACM and IEEE award Fran Berman for leadership
    • Registration is free for the Federal Web 2.0 Webinar: The Library of Congress and Digital Technology, January 27, 2010."

    For more information, please see the January newsletter.

  • Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL), Number 59, Fall 2009.

    "ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries."

    For more information, please see the fall issue of ISTL.

  • Information Research, Volume 14 No 4 December, 2009.

    "Information Research is a freely available, international, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines. It is privately published by Professor T.D. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of the University of Sheffield, with in-kind support from Lund University Libraries, Lund, Sweden and from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science."

    For more information, please see the journal.

  • Journal of Digital Information (JoDI), Vol 10, No 6 (2009): Information Access to Cultural Heritage.

    "First publishing papers in 1997, the Journal of Digital Information is an electronic-only, peer-reviewed journal covering the broad topics related to digital libraries, hypertext and hypermedia systems, and the issues of digital information. JoDI is supported by the Texas A&M University Libraries through the Digital Initiatives, Research and Technology group, and hosted by the Texas Digital Library."

    For more information, please see the special issue of JoDI.

 

Point to Point

  • Presentation Slides from IFLA at the Frankfurt Bookfair, October 2009.

    "Just as in previous years, IFLA had a presence at the 2009 Frankfurt Bookfair, which was held in October. On 13 October a one-day conference was held on the theme 'Enhancing the culture of reading and books in the digital age' in a cooperation of IFLA with a number of other organisations. The presentation slides are now available for viewing."

    For more information, please see the IFLA website.

  • Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB), Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Version 77: December 15, 2009.

    "This selective bibliography presents over 3,620 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet."

    For more information, please see the bibliography.

  • Institutional Repository Bibliography, Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Version 2: January 11, 2010.

    "The Institutional Repository Bibliography presents over 700 selected English-language articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding institutional repositories. This version significantly expands coverage of technical reports and adds a search function."

    For more information, please see the Institutional Repository Bibliography.

 

Calls for Participation

  • The 9th International Conference on Mathmatical Knowledge Management (MKM 2010), 8 - 10 July 2010, Paris, France. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 24 February 2010.

    "Mathematical Knowledge Management is an innovative field at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, library science, and scientific publishing. Its development is driven, on the one hand, by new technological possibilities which computer science, the Internet, and intelligent knowledge processing offer, and, on the other hand, by the increasing demand by engineers and scientists for new techniques to help in producing, transmitting, consuming, and managing sophisticated mathematical knowledge."

    For more information, please see the Call for Papers.

  • The European Conference on Digital Libraries - ECDL 2010, 6 - 10 September, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 26 February 2010.

    "The European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) is the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues, bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field."

    For more information, please see the Call for papers.

  • EMC Heritage Trust Project Awards Nominations Sought. The submission deadline for nominations is 28 February 2010.

    "The EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports digital stewardship of the world's information heritage in local communities. It provides cash grants to any public or private local organization, institution or individual projects around the world that are designed to protect and improve access to invaluable information. The awards consist of cash grants from $5,000 to $15,000. The EMC Heritage Trust Project began accepting nominations for the 2010 awards on September 1, 2009. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2010. Winners will be announced in May 2010."

    "Program details are available at <http://www.EMC.com/heritage_trust>."

  • Proposal Call for eIFL.net Public Library Innovation Program. Call for proposals. The submission deadline is 28 February 2010.

    "The new eIFL.net Public Library Innovation Program seeks to spark the development of innovative public library services with and for their communities. This first Call is designed to gather great ideas that introduce technology to meet user needs and help people improve their lives. This program is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation....The call is open to applicants from the following countries where either eIFL.net has a presence or the foundation's Global Libraries initiative supports projects: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Poland, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe."

    For more information, please see the Call for proposals at the eIFL.net web site.

  • Open Repositories 2010 – "The Grand Integration Challenge", 6 - 9 July 2010, Madrid, Spain. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 March 2010.

    "It is the aim of the Open Repositories Conference to bring together individuals and organizations responsible for the conception, development, implementation and management of digital repositories, as well as stakeholders who interact with them, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues."

    For more information, please see the Call for papers.

  • The IET International Conference on Frontier Computing Theory, Technologies and Applications (IET FC '10), 4 - 6 August 2010, Taichung, Taiwan. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 March 2010.

    "The IET International Conference on Frontier Computing - Theory, Technologies and Applications will serve as a forum to present the current work by researchers from around the world, and act as a venue to provide discussions and highlight recent hot topics of computer science. In addition to technical sessions consisting of contributed papers, the conference will include invited presentations, a poster session, and tutorials."

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • Third International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW2010), 15 - 16 June 2010, Troy, New York, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 8 March 2010.

    "This workshop builds on a successful line of provenance and annotation workshops...It aims to bring together a broad range of provenance researchers and users in order to discuss progress in, and open research problems related to, provenance and annotation."

    For more information, please see the Call for papers.

  • Eleventh International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2010), 9 - 13 August 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 10 March 2010.

    "Since its inception in 2000, ISMIR has been the world's leading forum for research on the modelling, creation, searching, processing and use of musical data. As the term Music Information Retrieval (MIR) indicates, this research is motivated by the desire to provide music lovers, music professionals and music industry with robust, effective and usable methods and tools to help them locate, retrieve and experience the music they wish to have access to."

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • Eleventh International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue (TSD 2010), 6 - 10 September 2010, Brno, Czech Republic. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 13 March 2010.

    "The TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries and their Western colleagues....Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

    • text corpora and tagging
    • transcription problems in spoken corpora
    • links between text and speech oriented systems
    • parsing issues
    • multi-lingual issues
    • multi-lingual dialogue systems
    • information retrieval and information extraction
    • machine translation
    • semantic networks and ontologies
    • semantic web
    • speech recognition
    • search in speech for IR and IE
    • user modeling
    • knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
    • assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
    • applied systems and software
    • and many others

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • IMLS Call for Proposals: 21st Century Museum Professionals, Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Call for proposals. The submission deadline is 15 March 2010.

    "Museum professionals need high levels of knowledge and expertise as they help create public value for the communities they serve. The purpose of the 21st Century Museum Professionals program is to increase the capacity of museums by improving the knowledge and skills of museum professionals in multiple institutions. 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to reach broad groups of museum professionals throughout a city, county, state, region, or the nation."

    For more information, please see the Call for proposals.

  • 11th International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies EC-Web 2010, 30 August - 3 September 2010, Bilbao, Spain. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 16 March 2010.

    "EC-Web will try to provide a clearer description of the Electronic Commerce universe focusing on some relevant topics. The main focus is not only on Internet related techniques and approaches. The aim of EC-Web 2010 is also to cover aspects related to theoretical foundations of E-Commerce, Business processes as well as new approaches exploiting recently emerged technologies and scenarios such as Semantic Web, Web services,"

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

 

Goings On

  • The Handheld Librarian 2010 – The Second Online conference about Mobile Library Services, 17 - 18 February 2010. This is an online conference.

    "More than 2000 people attended the first ever Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009 which featured a wide array of collaboration, learning and networking activities focussed on Mobile Library Services....The Handheld Librarian II will continue the dialog...and will include a wonderful Keynote and featured speakers collection of available resources, discussions boards, and access to the recording of all live events for one year after the conference."

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL 2010), 23 - 26 February 2010, New Delhi, India.

    "The theme of ICDL 2010 is 'Digital Libraries: Shaping the Information Paradigm' and the conference will focus on the strengths and potential of digital libraries and their role in education, cultural, social and economic development. The conference aims to bring together a galaxy of experts, researchers, academics, and scholar students and provide an international platform to address issues relevant to digital libraries."

    For more information, please see the ICDL web site.

  • JISC Developer Days, 24 - 27 February 2010, London, United Kingdom.

    "Dev8D is funded by JISC as part of the Developer Community Supporting Innovation project (DevCSI for short). The aim is to bring together developers from higher education and other sectors in order to learn from one another and ultimately create better, smarter technology for learning and research."

    For more information, please see the JISC Developer Days web site.

  • IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2010, 25 - 28 February 2010, New Delhi, India.

    "The purpose of this conference aims not only at the sharing of collective knowledge about how libraries can tackle these challenges but also to open up opportunities for libraries, librarians and associated industry players to interact with one another and work out suitable partnerships that will help to improve the provision of newspaper services at libraries."

    For more information, please see the IFLA Conference web site.

  • NFAIS Annual Conference: Redefining the Value of Information: Exploring the New Equation, 28 February - 2 March 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

    "NFAIS™ is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests."

    For more information, please see the NFAIS web site.

  • WebWise 2010, 3 - 5 March 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    "This year's conference is co-hosted by the University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum, and the theme is 'Imagining the Digital Future.' Conference programs will address the successes and innovations of the past as well as the opportunities and challenges that can help drive museum and library sciences into the future."

    For more information, please see the WebWise web site.

  • EKAW 2010 - Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management by the Masses, 11 - 15 March 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

    "[This conference] is concerned with all aspects of eliciting, acquiring, modeling and managing knowledge, and its role in the construction of knowledge-intensive systems and services for the semantic web, knowledge management, e-business, natural language processing, intelligent information integration, etc. The focus of the 17th edition of EKAW will be on Knowledge Management and Engineering by the Masses."

    For more information, please see the EKAW 2010 web site.

  • Library Technology Conference 2010, 17 - 18 March 2010, St. Paul, MInnesota, USA.

    "The Library Technology Conference provides a mix of sessions highlighting many of the technologies affecting how users interact with libraries and how libraries are using technology to create new and better ways to manage resources. Sessions are geared toward all types of libraries, they include a wide range of topics, and they are aimed at staff of varying skill levels."

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2010, 19 - 21 March 2010, Porto, Portugal.

    "The IADIS Mobile Learning 2010 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of mobile learning research which provides a retrospective outlook of the field. We seek contributions under several topics which illustrate developments in the field..."

    For more information, please see the Mobile Learning web site.

  • The 2nd International Workshop on Contextual Information Access, Seeking and Retrieval Evaluation, 28 March 2010, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

    "This workshop aims to have a major impact on future research by bringing together IR researchers working on or interested in the evaluation of approaches to contextual information access, seeking and retrieval to foster discussion, exchange ideas on the related issues. The main purpose is to bring together IR researchers, to promote discussion on the future directions of evaluation."

    For more information, please see the workshop web site.

  • 32nd European Conference on Information Retrieval, 28 - 31 March 2010, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

    "The annual BCS-IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval. The conference encourages the submission of high quality research papers reporting original, previously unpublished results."

    For more information, please see the conference web site.

  • Information Access for Personal Media Archives, 28 - 31 March 2010, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

    "This workshop seeks to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines to exchange ideas on how we can advance towards the goal of effective capture, retrieval and exploration of e-memories."

    For more information, please see the workshop web site.

  • ACM SIGMM International Conference on Multimedia Information Retrieval, 29 - 31 March 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

    "The 11th ACM International Conference on Multimedia Information Retrieval (MIR) is the premier scientific meeting for discussing the latest advances in the area of multimedia retrieval. MIR 2010 is on its second year as a full ACM conference, following nine successful years as a workshop held in conjunction with the ACM Multimedia Conference. The growth of MIR is a result the growing importance of multimedia content in our lives."

    For more information, please see the SIGMM conference web site.

  • Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP), 29 - 31 March 2010, London, United Kingdom.

    "The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for institutions to combine organisational and technological perspectives, and devise an appropriate response to the challenges that digital preservation needs present."

    For more information, please see the DPTP web site.

  • Workshop on Matching and Meaning 2010: Automated development, evolution and interpretation of ontologies, 31 March - 1 April 2010, Leicester, United Kingdom.

    "The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the problems of automated development, evolution and interpretation of ontologies in the many different domains in which it occurs. [The organizers] are primarily interested in the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of debate, and the workshop is intended to be a forum for researchers to present ongoing work and ideas and to engage in discussion with other researchers from the field."

    For more information, please see the workshop web site.

Deadline Reminders

  • MULTICONF-10, 12 - 14 July 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 February 2010.
  • 33rd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference, 18 - 23 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland. Call for tutorial proposals and posters. The submission deadline is 12 February 2010.

(Unless otherwise noted, text above enclosed in quotation marks is quoted from the web sites for those items or events or from press releases received by D-Lib Magazine from the hosting or event-affiliated organizations.)

 
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